See the first MINI Paceman Pickup

This is the first street legal MINI pickup ever built. A team of trainees and trainers from BMW Group worked on the MINI Paceman Pickup which came to fruition after months of planning. The project kicked off with the removal of the roof seen on the P...

This is the first street legal MINI pickup ever built. A team of trainees and trainers from BMW Group worked on the MINI Paceman Pickup which came to fruition after months of planning. The project kicked off with the removal of the roof seen on the Paceman, followed by the loading area which was covered with a black checker plate. Before the roof was removed, the MINI Paceman’s body had to be reinforced with additional bracing. Also, the underbody design and the B-pillar had to be adapted to the new circumstances, which leads to a similar ride quality as the “standard” Paceman.

See the first MINI Paceman Pickup

Off-road tires, additional headlights and the spare conspicuous objects placed on a shortened roof underline the special off-road character of the MINI pick-up, which, if built, could found plenty of customers in North and South America, and in Australia. A Series production of the Paceman Adventure is however not planned – although the young car makers have mastered the special adventure with flying colors. Live Photos and Videos: BMW M3 Pickup BMW X5 Ute from Down Under

See the first MINI Paceman Pickup

See the first MINI Paceman Pickup

See the first MINI Paceman Pickup

See the first MINI Paceman Pickup

See the first MINI Paceman Pickup

See the first MINI Paceman Pickup

See the first MINI Paceman Pickup

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How To Clean The N54 Intake Valves

For everyone who is interested in what actually goes on during a special intake valve cleaning, here is some more information along with several other detailed photos of the process. Without further ado: the story behind it all. When BMW introduced t...

For everyone who is interested in what actually goes on during a special intake valve cleaning, here is some more information along with several other detailed photos of the process. Without further ado: the story behind it all. When BMW introduced the N54B30 powerplant to the United States market in 2007, it was their first production turbocharged engine that utilized direct injection technology. This means that instead of traditional intake manifold fuel injection, the engines injectors are placed literally inside the combustion chamber, next to the spark plug. Direct injection boasts better fuel economy, and has proven to be a revolutionary development for the internal combustion engine. The technology is now found in nearly every new production car! While pioneering the market with the N54B30, BMW did have their share of growing pains with this new technology. There were several revisions for the high pressure fuel pump, and many other sensors and electronics pertaining to the fuel system had their issues as well. One of the major oversights with this technology development was the intake port and valve carbon buildup. The N54B30 has a crankcase ventilation system that is internally routed in the cylinder head. If you look down into the intake port, you’ll notice a hole on the top of the port that is used by the CCV for vacuum. The problem now is that oil that makes its way through the CCV will end up in the intake port of the cylinder head – which wouldn’t be an issue if there was an injector in each port cleaning it with fuel. Since the N54 doesn’t have any fuel injectors in the manifold, the oil residue builds up on the intake port and intake valves over time. Newer cars such as the Scion FR-S that are direct injected have a second set of injectors in the manifold to help prevent the issue of buildup that the N54 has. Fortunately BMW recognized the issue and at the very least they have provided us with a genuine BMW tool that can be used to “blast” the carbon buildup off the port and valves. When the cleaning of the intake valves became regular maintenance on the N54 engines, we experimented with various ways to properly and effectively clean the carbon buildup. We tried chemical cleaning, simple walnut blasting, scrubbing, etc.. After years of dealing with this issue we’ve come up with what we feel is the most effective and efficient way to get rid of the carbon. Remove the intake manifold.

How To Clean The N54 Intake Valves

Inspect the intake port.

How To Clean The N54 Intake Valves

How To Clean The N54 Intake Valves

Rotate the engine so that the valves are closed in the port being worked on, and then fill the port with a carbon solvent.

How To Clean The N54 Intake Valves

Once the solvent has had time to penetrate the buildup, we use a variety of picks and brushes to loosen the carbon buildup, and then using the OEM BMW tool, we walnut blast the port until it is clean.

How To Clean The N54 Intake Valves

How To Clean The N54 Intake Valves

Inspect, and then clean all missed areas.

How To Clean The N54 Intake Valves

All clean!

How To Clean The N54 Intake Valves

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More BMW i3 Range Extender Details Uncovered

BMW has been hosting i3 training events to get their client advisers up to speed and ready to sell the car. I’m very happy to hear they are doing this because I was really beginning to get concerned that they wouldn’t properly prepare the...

BMW has been hosting i3 training events to get their client advisers up to speed and ready to sell the car. I’m very happy to hear they are doing this because I was really beginning to get concerned that they wouldn’t properly prepare their sales staff for this unique vehicle. I even dedicated a post a few months ago to this very topic. I’ve now talked to a few client advisers that have done the training and they reported that they did indeed get a lot of useful information which will help them service their clients. This week the latest round of training sessions are being held up at BMW headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ and details of what is being taught are starting to leak out from some of the client advisers that are there. A couple things of interest shared were details about the range extender the i3 will offer as an option.

More BMW i3 Range Extender Details Uncovered

First, it was learned that the range extender is automatically activated once the state of charge drops below 6.5%. At that moment, it turns on and it’s function is to bring the state of charge back up to 6.5% and to maintain that level of charge. It will not charge the car much above 6.5%, and it will not run if the car is stopped, unless the state of charge is critically low. Therefore you can’t it in a stationary i3 and wait for the state of charge to increase. I knew the automatic turn on point was around 5% to 6%, but now we have an exact level when it engages. You cannot manually turn the range extender off. This is contrary to what I was told by an i3 product manager at the i3 debut in New York City last July. I remember asking this specific question by saying “What if I knew I’d make it home on electric, say I only had a mile or two to go and the REx was about to turn on, could I just turn it off so it’s doesn’t fire up?” I was told yes, there will be a setting that will allow you to turn it off before it engages, but that setting will reset once you turn the car off. The reason for that is so that the next time you get in the car you won’t forget that you had turned off the REx and you may end up needing it. I would have definitely preferred to be able to turn it off manually, and honestly can’t see why that isn’t going to be allowed.

More BMW i3 Range Extender Details Uncovered

We also found out that the client advisers have been told that while the range extender is in operation the speed of the car will be electronically limited to 70mph. I’m not buying that; I think they were misinformed. I really think there was a miscommunication on this one because I have had conversations with people at BMW that know a lot about this and even very recently they assured me that there isn’t an electronically governed speed limit while the range extender is in operation. I believe the confusion about 70mph is based on the fact that 70mph is basically the top speed that the range extender can comfortably maintain the 6.5% state of charge at while driving on relatively flat ground. The people I’ve talked to in Europe that have i3′s with the range extender say they can drive on the highway at just about 120 km/hr (75mph) and maintain the SOC, but anything higher and the SOC will gradually diminish. It’s my contention that the people running the training sessions either aren’t 100% clear on this, or they really meant for the client advisers to warn the customers that 70mph is really the fastest they should drive at if they need to drive for a long distance. In any event, I believe they got this one wrong and there isn’t an electronic limit, we’ll find out pretty soon since the US i3 launch should be in about two weeks. I saved the biggest news for last. It was learned that the US version of the i3 REx will have not have a 2.4 gallon gas tank as the European version does. Instead it will have only a 1.9 gallon gas tank. I’m going to pause for a moment to let everybody scream bloody murder now…… I know it’s only half a gallon, but in the case of the i3, that just reduced the gas tank by 21%! For me this is a non-issue, but I know there are a lot of people that will not like this at all. 99% of the time I use the added range of the REx it will likely be for less than 40 miles. Yes, this does reduce the utility of long range trips even more, as you will now probably have to stop for gas every 40 or 50 miles. There was no reasons given for the smaller gas tank but as far as I can imagine, this comes down to one of two things. Since BMW wants needs the i3 REx to qualify as a BEVx and one of the qualifications of the BEVx is that the car has a smaller gasoline range than it does electric range, my thinking is that one of these two things led to the smaller gas tank:

More BMW i3 Range Extender Details Uncovered

1) The EPA rating for all electric range on the REx came out lower than they believed it would. If they used the 2.4 gallon gas tank, the gas range would be slightly longer than the all electric range, therefore causing it to be disqualified for the BEVx designation. The only simple way to make the gas range less than the electric range was to reduce the gas range by using a smaller gas tank. 2) The EPA rating for the MPG while in range extender mode came out higher than expected, creating the same problem cited above; a longer range in REx mode than in all electric mode. I’ve heard it gets anywhere from 36mpg to 46mpg from people driving REx’s in Europe so this is a possibility. If the range extender got rated at 40mpg, and was using a 2.4 gallon gas tank, then the electric range would need to be 96 miles per charge, which is highly unlikely. If they cut the tank down to 1.9 gallons, then the electric range would only need to be greater than 79 miles per charge, which I believe is attainable, even considering that the REx version will have 6.5% less battery to use than the BEV i3 does, as this is held in reserve as a buffer. So what do you think? Has any of these new revelations changed you mind about the REx? Article was first published on bmwi3blogspot   The article More BMW i3 Range Extender Details Uncovered appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M3 and M4 spotted in Istanbul

Ahead of the BMW M3/M4 Power Experience in Istanbul, BMW is shooting new footage of the twin brothers. The cars were also taken on the race track for some drifting action. On May 18th, customers from around the world will get to experience the all-ne...

Ahead of the BMW M3/M4 Power Experience in Istanbul, BMW is shooting new footage of the twin brothers. The cars were also taken on the race track for some drifting action. On May 18th, customers from around the world will get to experience the all-new BMW M3 and BMW M4 on the former Formula 1 race track ‘Istanbul Park Circuit’. A combination of 14 bends, multiple elevation changes, and the distinctive “Turn 8”, a 180°high-speed bend with no less than four angles, will make for an unforgettable experience.

BMW M3 and M4 spotted in Istanbul

The ‘Istanbul Otodrom’ as it is known within Turkey was originally opened in 2005 and features 5.338 km (3.317 mi) of some of the most challenging twists and turns of any race track in the world. After ditching the amazing V8 naturally-aspirated engine, the new M3 and M4 use a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine that produces 425 HP and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The car weighs under 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs). From 0-100 km/h (0-62), the 2014 BMW M4 runs in 4.1 seconds with DCT while the M3 runs the same distance in 4.3 seconds, with the same transmission

BMW M3 and M4 spotted in Istanbul

. The F80 2015 BMW M3 Sedan will cost

BMW M3 and M4 spotted in Istanbul

$62,000 and 2015 BMW M4 has a base price $64,200. Destination and handling is $925. In Germany

BMW M3 and M4 spotted in Istanbul

, the based price for the M4 Convertible is 78,200 euros for the version with manual transmission, and 82,100 euros for the M4 convertible with a seven-speed DCT. The article BMW M3 and M4 spotted in Istanbul appeared first on BMW BLOG

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First BMW F80 M3 Delivery!

We’re thrilled to announce our very first F80 M3 delivery! The lucky BIMMERPOST member is uae247, who just took home an Alpine White F80 M3 with Sakhir Orange interior, DCT transmission, Carbon Fiber roof, and all loaded options. Check out th...

We’re thrilled to announce our very first F80 M3 delivery! The lucky BIMMERPOST member is uae247, who just took home an Alpine White F80 M3 with Sakhir Orange interior, DCT transmission, Carbon Fiber roof, and all loaded options. Check out the first pics and his impressions inside!

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Updated Pics + Video of First Delivered F80 M3 – Interior, E90 M3 Comparison, and Exhaust

Updated photos of the first delivered F80 M3 – interior photos as well as comparison pics posing with an E90 M3. Also a great video clip of the F80 M3 exhaust. ...

Updated photos of the first delivered F80 M3 – interior photos as well as comparison pics posing with an E90 M3. Also a great video clip of the F80 M3 exhaust.

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Member’s M235i Decked Out in M Performance Parts

Check out this BIMMERPOST member’s M235i fully decked out in M Performance Parts. ...

Check out this BIMMERPOST member’s M235i fully decked out in M Performance Parts.

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Videos: Group of F82 M4 Coupes Spotted in Istanbul

Some videos from Istanbul, Turkey where many M4 coupes have now been spotted and recorded on video. The cars are there for the M3/M4 M Power Experience 2014 event, which begins May 18. ...

Some videos from Istanbul, Turkey where many M4 coupes have now been spotted and recorded on video. The cars are there for the M3/M4 M Power Experience 2014 event, which begins May 18.

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How to track your BMW i3 from order to delivery

Are you one to the early adopters that has taken a leap of faith and ordered a BMW i3? I say leap of faith since it is BMW’s first real production electric vehicle. Plus, there so few of them here in the US that many people have placed their orders...

Are you one to the early adopters that has taken a leap of faith and ordered a BMW i3? I say leap of faith since it is BMW’s first real production electric vehicle. Plus, there so few of them here in the US that many people have placed their orders without actually ever seeing one in person let alone taking one for a test drive. If you have been lucky enough to test drive one, it was likely only for a short distance and on a designated route. Plus, since there were no actual US spec i3’s here in the US until this week, all of the cars used for test drives have been pre-production European spec vehicles that didn’t have the polished fit and finish of a production vehicle. Oh, and if you did test drive one, you drove the fully electric i3 because there were no i3’s with range extenders here for test drives at all. So yeah, if you already have an i3 on order, you are likely an early adopter that is pretty excited about this revolutionary vehicle. Enough so to place your money down on one without really knowing for sure if BMW has delivered on their promise to make the i3 a “real” BMW.

How to track your BMW i3 from order to delivery

So what can you do while your i3 is being built? You can obsessively track it’s every move, that’s what you can do, and this article is meant to help you do just that. There are various steps you can take listed below, depending on just how much you want to stalk your i3. Have at it! Step One:  Get your production number from your client adviser. Sign into My BMW account at bmwusa.com. Enter your production number and select Track my BMW. There are six steps listed: Order documentation, Production begins, Production ends, En route to the U.S., Finishing touches and At your BMW dealer. Step Two: Obtain the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) The VIN is typically assigned when the vehicle is well into production. Until it’s been assigned a VIN you’ll only have the production number to work with however you can get the VIN from that without even asking your client adviser. To do so you need to look into the source code of your bmwusa.com tracking page. Here’s how: - Log in to the My BMW section of the bmwusa.com web site. - Go to the “Track my BMW” section. - Once you see the state of your i3, use your browser to open the source code for the web page (browser dependant, but often a right click and ‘View Page Source’ or some such). Search in the HTML code for “VIN_7″, and right after one of those instances you will see value=”VX…..”.  That VX***** value field is the last 7 alphanumeric characters of your VIN. (For the Safari browser on Apple machines, to view source code of a web page, you need to A) go into Preferences in the Advanced section and select “Show Develop menu in menu bar; B) Click on the “Develop” menu in the top menu bar; C) ”Click on “Show Page Source”; D) follow instructions above.) Step Three:  If you only have a partial VIN, use the VIN decoder website to get the whole VIN: http://www.bmwarchive.org/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html Step Four:  Once your car has shipped, and is on a ship across the Atlantic, you can track that ship here: https://att.2wglobal.com/gstattweb/ocean.do?method=getDefaultOceanQuickSearchPage Enter the last 7 alphanumeric characters of VIN in the Cargo ID box on right side. Alternatively you can enter your entire VIN. If you want to see all the i3’s listed on the ship, enter the wildcard “WBY1%” and you’ll see the list of every one on the ship. Conservative estimates on timing: - 2 weeks for production - 1 week for transit to port* - 4 weeks for shipping to West Coast - 1 week for transport and prep to dealer - subtract 10 days for East Coast delivery   * There are several days of variability based on when your car arrives at the European port for the trans-oceanic ship. If you’re lucky you’ll gain a couple days; if you’re unlucky (arriving at port just after a boat leaves) you’ll lose a couple days. Back in 2009 we did a comprehensive post (http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/07/14/how-to-follow-a-new-bmw-from-order-to-shipping-and-to-delivery/) about tracking any BMW order. This is still a great resource and a must read for anyone interested in tracking their cars progression Here is a shipping schedule. Enter origin as Germany/Bremerhaven: http://sagaweb.2wglobal.com/AppSchedules/countryList.do If your car is being shipped to the US west coast, it will pass through the Panama Canal, and you can even watch it on webcams!  Use the MarineTraffic.com site to track the ship (see the link to our 2009 post above for more on that), and start looking for the ship on the cameras just before it gets to the location on the map. The marine traffic will also give you a thumbnail and pictures of the ship so you can confirm.  The ship will pass through the Gatun locks, then the Pedro Miguel locks (see also Centennial Bridge cameras), and finally the Miraflores locks. http://www.the-webcam-network.com/Panama/Pedro-Miguel/2075874.html Other Info: Call on the phone 800-831-1117. Say “Vehicle Production Status”; then your order number or VIN; and then clarify if it’s an order or a VIN. If you need more info, you can ask to speak to a representative and they will be happy to give you up to the minute details on your vehicles status. There is also a new service for BMW i customers called BMW iConcierge. You can contact your BMW iConcierage here: 855-236-1025 or Bmwiconcierge@bmwusa.com VIN Production Sequence: U.S. BEV i3′s have VIN codes starting with VX5 (last 7 alphanumeric characters).  The first known production U.S. BEV i3 was VX51048, leaving Germany on March 27th. U.S. REx i3′s have VIN codes starting with VX6 (last 7 alphanumeric characters).  The first known production U.S. REx i3 was VX62568, leaving Germany on March 24th.   Note: Much of this information was obtained from the BMW i3 Facebook group with Mary Demarest-Paraan doing a lot of the heavy lifting! The article How to track your BMW i3 from order to delivery appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Locke starring Tom Hardy and the BMW X5

Locke is an explosive new thriller starring Tom Hardy, filmed entirely in the BMW X5. A regular working stiff named Ivan Locke trying to keep his life together over one drive, while talking to the people in his life over the phone. All of the action ...

Locke is an explosive new thriller starring Tom Hardy, filmed entirely in the BMW X5. A regular working stiff named Ivan Locke trying to keep his life together over one drive, while talking to the people in his life over the phone. All of the action happens behind the wheel of the E70 BMW X5. The X5 comes with the M Sport package and gets some screen time in Tom Hardy’s entirely in-car film . BMW caught up with director Steven Knight to find out more about this unique film that’s receiving such rave reviews. The article Locke starring Tom Hardy and the BMW X5 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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